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Hormone therapy helps treat eating disorders in transgenders

Press Trust of India  |  London 

may help reduce the feelings of body dissatisfaction associated with eating including anorexia and bulimia in transgenders, a study has found.

including anorexia, bingeing, self- induced and the misuse of diet pills and laxatives have been linked to people's deep-seated unhappiness with their body, fuelled by Western society's obsession with an idealised image of beauty.

For some transgender people, striving to achieve a masculine or feminine body shape can influence their eating behaviours.

While in the case of transgender males (assigned female at birth but who identify as male) who are not on hormone treatment some may even restrict what they eat as a way of stopping menstruation.

"Young transgender people may restrict their as a way to control their puberty, stop their period or reduce the development of breasts," said Jon Arcelus, from the University of Nottingham in the

"professionals should consider the gender identity of the person when assessing a person with symptoms of an eating disorders," Arcelus said.

For the study published in the journal European Eating Review, the researchers looked at more than 560 patients over the age of 17.

Just under 25 per cent of the patients (139) had already started prior to the assessment, accessing the treatment through a range of avenues, for example, through private or the internet.

The patients were asked to provide information about their age, gender assigned at birth and whether they were on before being invited to complete a number of questionnaires.

The data was analysed and results showed that the patients not on were significantly more likely to report their need to be thin, coupled with bulimic behaviours.

This was also strongly connected to issues with body dissatisfaction, a preoccupation with perfectionism, experience of trust issues in personal relationships and and anxiety.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, January 13 2018. 11:40 IST